Monday, August 27, 2018

A Court of Frost and Starlight - Review

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

By: Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 1, 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

272 pages

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Fatnasy, Romance

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
MY REVIEW:
I'm a HUGE fan of this series I love the characters. So when book #3.1 was scheduled to come out I was ready to purchase it, and that I did. Now, let me preface this by saying I don't have a whole lot of time to read anymore. With my job and my two very busy teens, what little downtime I have here lately I just haven't been in a reading mood. And unfortunately this has lasted the entire year of 2018 so far.

Of course I enjoyed the story in the sense of being in the world of Rhys and Feyre and all of the other characters I've grown to adore. This additiont to the story takes place about a year since the events in book one. However, in the overall storyline and plot of this series I didn't feel like this book really goes anywhere. It's sort of like the TV show that's trucking along in the storyline and all of a sudden there's this filler episode. Buffy did it once with an interesting musical episode and Supernaturals did a few times. I'm sure there's WAY more shows that have, but those are the two that stand out as memorable irritating episodes. I suppose some fans enjoy that sort of thing? Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.

So while I jumped at the chance to buy this book, both to support Maas and her books, but also because I couldn't see myself NOT reading it.  Though I knew it was a novella, it's a much longer one than most. 272 pages is the length of a lot of books that I read. Given my short reading time these days, it takes me sometimes a month to even read that short of a book. I don't regret buying it, however, I'm not so sure I would highly encourage ACOTAR fans to rush out to read it.

Top Favorite Quotes: Likely spoilery in nature if you haven't yet read the first 3 books
"You were born on the longest night of the year." ... "You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning."

"I've always been able to talk to you. I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it."

"I love you," he breathed. "More than life, more than my territory, more than my crown."

"To the stars who listen, Feyre." ... "To the dreams that are answered, Rhys."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 3 stars

Saturday, August 25, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: August Wrap Up

Time for our eighth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the July Wrap Up, Sandy finished two series enders: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, # 3) by Mary E Pearson & The Song of David (The Law of Moses, # 2) by Amy Harmon. Holly hasn't finished any new series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the August giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: July Wrap Up

Time for our seventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the June Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor Holly finished any new series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from July 25th - August 25th. On August 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



Thursday, June 28, 2018

*ARC* As She Fades - Review

As She Fades

By: Abbi Glines

Published: April 3, 2018 by Feiwell & Friends

272 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
From the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys series, Abbi Glines delivers another smoldering, compulsively readable YA romance with As She Fades.
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.
Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she's not immune to Slate's charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.
Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.
Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.
MY REVIEW:
This doesn't happen to me often....but I read this back at the end of April and finished on May 10, and forgot to write up a review. 2 months later and my brain is fuzzy but I'm going to try to remember how I felt after finishing this story.

What would you do if the guy you thought was the "one", your future, your world, suddenly is in a tragic car accident that leaves him in a coma? Probably sit vigil for long hours watching and praying and waiting for them to wake up, right? That's exactly what Vale does. She's loyal and consistent. Honestly though, she doesn't seem like she has much of an identity outside of who she was as a couple with Crawford. Her childhood bestfriend turned boyfriend. Everything they did was "their plan", including the college they were going to. I couldn't help but be a little frustrated at Vale's lack of independence. Though I could understand her sorrow and hope for Crawford to wake up, it was equally disappointing to see her so lost without him. She didn't even know who she was, what she really liked and didn't like or what she really wanted at the age of 18. A chance meeting with Slate Allen in the hospital, poster boy for your typical college frat boy, awakens things within her that she didn't know she was capable of. She had been "comfortable" with Crawford. She didn't have to really try with Crawford nor did he make her feel so much. It's really her connection with Slate that makes this story come alive.

I always enjoy Abbi's stories. They're typically fast reads and aren't super heavy which means I can enjoy the journey without feeling drained at the end to the point of needing a break. I appreciate those type of books in my reading repertoire.

One thing I always appreciate in a story is a good plot twist. This has that and I didn't see it coming. So kudos for that to the author!

Top Favorite Quotes:
A relationship was about us both being happy.

"Life tosses you things you're not expecting."

What you have to learn is that you're strong enough to live anyway.

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars



Monday, June 25, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: June Wrap Up

Time for our sixth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the May Wrap Up, Sandy finished Ruins (Partials, # 3) by Dan Wells and Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, # 3) by Alwyn Hamilton. Holly hasn't finished any new series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the June giveaway runs from June 25th - July 25th. On July 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.




Monday, June 4, 2018

Enrage (Eagle Elite #8) - Review

Enrage (Eagle Elite #8)

By: Rachel Van Dyken

Published: July 30, 2017

379 pages

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
The next book in the international bestselling Eagle Elite Series. Complete Stand Alone.


Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
I wish I would have known--that my life was over the minute I stepped off the plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.
MY REVIEW:
First things first. Yes, there is a cover. However, I decided not to include it in my review because I'm trying to be cautious about overly revealing/mature covers on my blog. I haven't always been super sensitive to that, but I am now. Actually it's my least favorite cover of this series anyway. It's too.....veiny. <shivers> Gag. We will leave it at that and ya'll can check it out on Goodreads or Amazon for yourself.

Second things second. (Is that even a thing to say? Well it is now.) I have LOVED this series! Ever since book one, I keep coming back for more because I love these characters and I love this mafia world and I love the love stories! LOVE them!

For those new to the series, let me give a a list of the previous books and then a list of the main cast of characters, the original boys from Eagle Elite:

Elite (rated 5 stars)
Elect (rated 4.5 stars)
Entice (rated 4.5 stars)
Elicit (4.5 stars)
Ember (4 stars)
Elude (5 stars)
Empire (4 stars)

Main characters:

Nixon Abandonato
Chase Abandonato
Tex Campisi
Phoenix De Lange
Sergio Abandonato

There are others too, but for the sake of not ruining any of the storylines and plots for new-comers, I'm just listing these few.

While this book didn't quite touch my emotional feels level, and even when I should have been upset I didn't feel an emotional connection to what was going on, it was a super fast read and added some new controversy to the story-line of some of my favorite characters!

My one irritation with this book, and perhaps the others had the same issue but it's not a super big deal that I remember it for long, is the grammar errors! There were a ton of words misspelled and though I am no grammar expert, this is a Kindle version that's for sale! One that I bought! So I would think the editor would've caught and corrected that many mistakes. Actually thinking back to other books by this author, I do believe this is a common frustration I've mentioned in my other reviews. Like I said though, I don't remember the irritation for long and it doesn't take away from my enjoyment overall of the series.

The ending was a little too anticlimactic for my taste and I didn't connect emotionally to it. Though I am curious to see what's next after such a big ending.

I have read these in order as a book series. However, Goodreads lists some of the later books as stand-a-lones, including this one. I personally think one would miss out on way too many good details and backstory to just jump to reading this installment before reading the first few books. Just my two-cents though.

Top Favorite Quotes:
"Fear is not your friend. It is your enemy."

Sometimes you can't fix what's been broken. Especially when it's not love that breaks. But trust.

"Living isn't being shut in a small safe box where nobody and nothing can hurt you - living is feeling the pain and making every second count."

"...there is no black and white in life, don't let anyone tell you any different. No straight lines. No rules. Life is life, it is up to us to decide how well we live what's been given to us."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: May Wrap Up

Time for our fifth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the April Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor Holly have finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the May giveaway runs from May 25th - June 25th. On June 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



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